CRUNCH TIME IN BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

10th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland After months in which the prospect of a Brexit deal looked increasingly unlikely, negotiators in both the UK and EU appear to have found new momentum in talks. Significant obstacles remain but senior figures in Brussels are now talking up the prospect of a deal in much more positive terms than even…

READ MORE

TITO MBOWENI APPOINTED NEW FINANCE MINISTER

10th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation has been accepted, [South African] president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday [9 October] and announced the appointment of Tito Mboweni as the new finance minister. In a statement late on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Ramaphosa said: “Minister Nene this morning submitted a letter of resignation to me in which he…

READ MORE

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AWARDED

10th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery The Congolese doctor named the joint winner of this year’s Nobel peace prize has called on the Congolese government to leave power, describing the polls scheduled for December as a “parody of an election”. Dr Denis Mukwege, who was in surgery when he heard that he had won the prize for his treatment…

READ MORE

SURPRISE ELECTION RESULTS IN THE MALDIVES

27th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives’ presidential election [on 23 September] in a surprise defeat of President Abdulla Yameen. Mr Yameen, who has been accused of crushing dissent in the archipelago, admitted defeat, saying he accepted the result. The Maldives is a key battleground in the rivalry between China and…

READ MORE

TERROR ATTACK IN IRAN

27th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Iran was holding funerals on Monday [24 September] for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, the deadliest attack in the country in nearly a decade. Thousands of mourners gathered at the city’s Sarallah Mosque on the Taleghani junction, carrying caskets in…

READ MORE

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT RESPONDS TO DOWNING OF PLANE

26th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Russian president Vladimir Putin has described the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria as “a chain of tragic accidental circumstances”, in a measured statement that appeared to step back from earlier threats of direct retaliation against Israel made by his defence ministry. Russia had made the threats after a military…

READ MORE

UKRAINE’S DONETSK SEPARATISTS APPOINT NEW LEADER

12th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Denis Pushilin, the chairman of the “people’s council” of the Russia-backed separatist formation called the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine, has been selected as the acting head of the DNR. Russian media reported on 7 September that Pushilin, 37, had been selected for the post, which was vacated when Donetsk…

READ MORE

NORTH KOREA’S CELEBRATIONS EMPHASISE ECONOMY OVER MILITARY

12th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Kim Jong-un presided over a tempered military parade on Sunday [9 September], in the latest sign that he wants to revive stalled nuclear talks with the US as he pushes for North Korea to re-join the international community. Mr Kim marked the 70th anniversary of his grandfather’s regime without showing off provocative…

READ MORE

VENEZUELA’S POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC WOES CONTINUE

12th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery Venezuela’s foreign minister accused the United States of seeking an intervention and supporting military conspiracies, following a report that US officials had met with Venezuelan military officers to discuss a coup plot. The Trump administration held secret meetings with rebellious military officers over the last year to discuss their plans to overthrow…

READ MORE

TURKEY-US RELATIONS CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE

29th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland As relations between the United States and Turkey have soured in recent months, Ankara has stepped up its pursuit of better relations and increased trade with Europe and Russia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the leaders of Britain and Germany on 27 August to discuss strengthened ties even as his government…

READ MORE